Instead of a March for Climate Change, what about a Clean our Community for Climate Change?
I've spent 6 years of undergrad and grad school studying sustainable engineering so this is a topic that I am deeply invested in. We were taught to take a very holistic approach to every problem in society (don't just look at the environmental aspect but also the societal, political and economic aspects). I know this could be impossible/a dumb question, but what if we set a day aside where everyone who cared did their own part to make their community more sustainable? This could include anything from cleaning the streets/beaches, helping plant trees, aiding neighbors, volunteering at a local center, shopping at small businesses, informing the general public etc… I've just noticed that marches, while good at getting attention, alienate a part of the population that gets annoyed by it. Wouldn't it be better if we could show the general population the real positives of living a more greener and sustainable life? If once a week an entire city looked "brand new and healthy", maybe people would appreciate it more? Thoughts?